February 3, 2006
PACS IMPLEMENTATION PROVIDES ELECTRONIC IMAGING
Marshall Medical Center is making a technology upgrade on February 6 that brings improved care and greater convenience to patients, according to CEO Gene Ragghianti. Beginning February 6, the Picture Archival Communications System (PACS) will be used for CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and diagnostic (CR) images that previously were printed on film. Physicians will now have immediate access to these critical diagnostic tools via computer in many physician offices and at workstations located in Radiology areas, the Emergency Department, and Surgery.
“By eliminating the need for film, we will be able to expedite radiology images for physicians and employees caring for patients,” said Ragghianti. “Images will be sent electronically to a workstation for review. Two of the board-certified radiologists that read images at Maury Regional Hospital also read these images at Marshall Medical Center. Once evaluated, the images will then be available to physicians and staff involved in caring for the patient.”
According to Ragghianti, PACS is one of the first steps toward electronic medical records at Marshall Medical Center.
“In the future, all medical information and images that doctors need to provide patients with care will be available electronically. Caregivers who need patient medical information will get it more quickly, expediting a diagnosis and evaluation of treatment options, while maintaining security and privacy of patient records.”